This paper presents a Darwinian framework to study culture that formalises interactions between public and private, ontogenetic and phylogenetic as well as individual and social aspects of cultural evolution and transmission. It also compares and contrasts evolutionary milestones in the emergence of culture with major transitions in the evolution of life. We define two related processes in the evolution of culture: the cumulative encoding of innovative information into public culture and the ontogenetic development of cultural competences that allow humans to access and use that information. We claim that the capacity to create, learn and use symbols is a key factor underlying those processes.
|Title of host publication||Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Towards an Unified Darwinian Paradigm|
|Editors||Hernán Juan Muscio, Gabriel Eduardo José Lopez|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Name||Proceedings of the XVth World Congress of the Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences|
- Cultural evolution
- public representation
- private representation
- evolutionary transition
Tamariz, M. (2009). Evolutionary Transitions and Co-evolutionary Dynamics in Biology and in Culture. In H. J. Muscio, & G. E. J. Lopez (Eds.), Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Evolutionary Archaeology: Towards an Unified Darwinian Paradigm (Vol. 20, pp. 103-110). (Proceedings of the XVth World Congress of the Union for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences; Vol. 20). Archaeopress.